​Turkey ready to attack Haftar if crisis continues

2020-01-14 17:26:33

After Libya talks ended without resolution in Mosco yesterday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan complained about renegade Hafter running away from ceasefire and peace talks and said they were ready to 'teach him a lesson' if he keeps tormenting the central government of Libya.

Sarraj signed the ceasefire agreement but Haftar left Moscow without signing the accord, asking for more time to consider the matter.

"If the putschist Haftar's attacks against the people and legitimate government of Libya continue, we will never refrain from teaching him the lesson he deserves," Erdogan said in a speech to AKP politicians in parliament.

"It is our duty to protect our kin in Libya," Erdogan added, saying that Turkey had deep historical and social ties with the country and that Haftar would have taken over the entire nation if Ankara had not intervened.

He said Turkey will join Germany, Britain and Russia at a summit that Chancellor Angela Merkel is to host in Berlin on Sunday to discuss Libya, which has been mired in chaos since the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Erdogan also said in his speech that Turkey was determined to stop the Syrian government from violating a ceasefire, which came into effect on Sunday in the northwest Syrian province of Idlib to prevent 400,000 people fleeing towards the Turkish border.

The Libya talks in Moscow came after a ceasefire, initiated by Turkey and Russia, saw a lull in heavy fighting and air strikes on Sunday, though both factions accused each other of violating the truce as skirmishes continued around the capital Tripoli.